Hey, What Are You Doing in December? (Eating Macarons & Bratwurst?)

Roasting chestnuts. Spicy gingerbread. Sure, pumpkin latte season may have just started, but here’s the truth: the holidays will be here before you know it. And if you want to escape abroad to celebrate, you’d better start planning now.

Need some inspiration? We’ve scouted three top destinations united by one common thread – like-nothing-you’ve-seen-before holiday markets.

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September 24, 2013

Travel Trivia: 5 Out-There Facts About Barcelona

Some call Barcelona, Spain, the other city that never sleeps – a summary I’d agree with, except for the existence of that snoozy afternoon thing they call siesta. But it’s still undeniable: this city has charge. The blur of Gaudí’s fairytale architecture. La Rambla’s hungry mile of churros and horchata and souvenirs. To arrive is to be swept away, gladly, for days. And nights. And days.

So let’s put things in motion, shall we? Starting with these five completely out-there facts.

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August 28, 2013

Time to Pack: Rue Associates Share What’s in Their Bags

Whether it’s a week at the beach or few nights at a cozy country inn, Rue associates reveal what they’re packing for that one last summer trip.

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August 22, 2013

Rue Travel Guide: What to Do Come Fall in Nantucket

Sure, Nantucket may be synonymous with seersucker, sailing, and, well, summertime – but don’t expect the good times to stop come September. From fishing tournaments and local festivals to a gathering of the world’s leading thinkers, we went ahead and started that autumn-in-Nantucket to-do list for you.

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August 20, 2013

Memories of Phuket: An Insider’s Guide to Thailand’s Hot Spot

Miles upon miles of beach. Nightlife that gets a little, dare we say, naughty. This is Phuket (pronounced, before you embarrass yourself, poo-ket) – one of Thailand’s hottest resort spots and the latest destination on our growing bucket list.

Here, everything and anything you need to know about this must-go island told from the very best travel guide out there: an insider.

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August 8, 2013

Prepared for Takeoff: The Jet-Setter’s Guide to Style

Sure, rocking 6-inch heels and skinny jeans on a transatlantic flight sounds all gorgeously A-list. But let’s be honest, it isn’t realistic (or comfortable, for that matter). Instead, pick an outfit that’s suitable for both the airport and the final destination. These tips make jet-setting style a breeze.

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Get upgraded
You may be traveling before the sun wakes up, but here’s a reason to avoid looking like it. According to lifestyle blog GOOP, flight staff are instructed to seek out well-dressed passengers for potential upgrade candidates. (Who would pass up the opportunity to have complimentary champagne or treats?) Avoid the sloppy look of your worn-out yoga pants and opt for a structured legging. You’ll be comfy, but still polished.

Layer, layer, layer
No matter what the temp is outside of those airplane windows, we all know that airlines love to blast that A/C. So layer a simple fitted tank or tee with a zip-up jacket. Tip: Pick one with lots of pockets. Ever wonder where to stick your ID and credit card in the hectic mess of a security line? There’s your solution.

Choose extra legroom
No need to secretly unbutton those super-tight skinnies when you’re safe in your seat. Wear bottoms that you can move in – aim for a wide-leg pant or a breezy maxi skirt. The more you can move, the less constricted you’ll feel when you’re cooped up next to your new neighbor. Plus, a cozy maxi is a far more attractive choice to curl up in than those go-to sweats.

Our XCVI Boutique opens Friday, July 19, at 11AM ET.

By Alexandra Tighe, Staff Writer

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July 19, 2013

To Hollywood We Go: What to Wear in L.A.

From pool hopping to dinner dates, we have you covered

 
Oh, Los Angeles. As one of the most-visited spots in the country (hello, Hollywood), there’s so much to do in so little time. So whether you’re passing through on a road trip or spending a long weekend there, this what-to-wear guide will be your new BFF.

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Out to Dinner
Grabbing a bite at one of the hundreds of alfresco eateries? Rock a notice-me maxi dress with wedges. People go to L.A. to be seen, right?

Girls’ Night
If you’re staying the night, hitting a few bars on the strip is necessary. Bring along a flirty black sheath and you can’t go wrong.

Sightseeing
From the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Santa Monica Pier, quintessential denim cutoffs, a heat-bearing tee, and flat sandals are the way to go.

Pool Hopping
If you visit the West Coast, you’ll have to bring a bathing suit. Hit up the hotel’s rooftop scene in this neon string bikini (just don’t forget that sunscreen).

Our Road Trip Across America: Last Stop, L.A. Boutique opens Friday, July 12, at 11AM.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 12, 2013

Outfit Your Itinerary: Dress Like a Southern Belle

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Sweet tea. Warm weather. There’s just something about the South that makes us want to smile. Channel your inner southern belle and dress the part (no matter where you live) with these quick tips:

  1. Start with bright poppy teardrop earrings. Bonus points if you match your lips to them.
  2. Throw on a girly dress with all the best details: pink polka dots, a full skirt, and a strapless silhouette.
  3. Step into a pair of nude sandals (they go with everything). It’s an excuse to pamper yourself with a pedicure, too.
  4. Prepare for sunny days – and doting stares – with a pair of oversized shades.
  5. Finish the look with a bright white envelope clutch big enough for the essentials (phone, wallet, and lipstick).

 
All that’s missing? That sweet southern drawl.

Our Road Trip Across America: Next Up, Charleston Boutique opens Wednesday, July 10, at 11AM.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 10, 2013

Outfit Your Itinerary: What to Wear on Nantucket

New England prides itself on it’s quaint island escapes, and Nantucket‘s at the top of the must-visit list. From cobblestoned streets to 18th-century lighthouses, it urges you to slow down, take in your surroundings, and wear sundresses. Which brings me to the topic at hand. If you’re lucky enough to visit, what should you wear?

The answer in a word: preppy. It doesn’t matter if it’s not your style (wink). Now’s your chance to go head-to-toe in pastels, pretty pleats, strapless numbers, and florals. Lots of florals. Don’t worry – what happens on Nantucket stays on Nantucket. So go big. This is how summer is meant to be celebrated.

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Our Road Trip Across America: First Stop, Nantucket Boutique opens Monday, July 8, at 11AM.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 8, 2013

Overpacking Syndrome: Tricks to Packing Light for a Weekend Away

We all do it. Eight dresses for a two-day trip? Of course we need each one. But overpacking can be avoided. The key is knowing exactly what you need ahead of time. Whether you’re taking a weekend vacation at the beach or just heading down the street, this list will help you get organized – once and for all.

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What to Pack for a Weekend Away

1. Clothes
Think versatility. Summer pieces are generally smaller and more lightweight, so you can get away with bringing more without reaching that overpacking threshold. Stick to one base color – like cream or white – then just mix and match for a whole new look.

Your key items: Two pairs of shorts, one pair of jeans, one dress that works for both days on the beach and nights on the town, one T-shirt, and one dressier top. (Plus the requisite sleepwear and underpinnings.) If you’ll be soaking up some sun, one swimsuit is plenty.

2. Shoes
Yes, you can get away with bringing just three pairs of shoes. You’ll need something for day, night, and sightseeing (read: lots of walking).

Your key items: One pair each of flat sandals, neutral-hued wedges, and sneakers.

3. Accessories
Try to avoid bringing every last necklace or belt in your house. Instead, pick pieces that work with the majority of your clothing.

Your key items: One statement necklace, one neutral-colored belt, a pair of sunglasses, a floppy hat, and one tote (bonus points if you can fit a weekend’s worth of items in it).

Our The Packing List: For Summer Weekend Getaways Boutique opens Wednesday, July 3, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 3, 2013